A Fresh Start: A New Beginning
by Onyekachukwu Ukeje
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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17(NIV).
If the old were needful, important or relevant God would not have bothered about bringing something new. The truth is this old was never meant to be. It was never God’s intended purpose. It was not in the original plan. It was only permitted for a reason. The new is what God’s original intended purpose was. It remained in place till Adam gave in to the devil’s temptation opening the door for the old to operate in our lives.
It is called the old because many, except Adam, Eve and Jesus, never knew the new or what it was like when it was in place here on earth. All of us who were born in Adam were born into the old.
However, your continued living or existence in the old is totally up to you now that you have come to the age of accountability, a point in your existence from whence you are completely accountable to God for your life. The old is a life of sin and death while the new is the life of the Spirit of God. Truly the old is death and the new is Life. The new is the life of God such that when you receive it God will not be more righteous than you. Are you more human than your child, or is your father more human than you? Righteousness is the nature of God and right standing with Him, the ability to stand before Him and before demons and devils without any feeling of guilt or inferiority. Such a person is of the family of God. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21(NIV).
That was why Jesus came, to restore this new to mankind. But the choice to have it is ultimately mankind’s. You can have a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning in Christ. No man comes out of this old except through Christ, and it can happen now if you will. Christ has already paid the price to get that to be effected in your life. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12(NIV).
If you want to start afresh in Christ you can pray this prayer of salvation: Lord Jesus I come to You this day. I thank You for bringing Your word my way this day. I acknowledge and confess my sins to You. I recognize that God raised You from the dead that I might have life. Have mercy on me. Lord Jesus I welcome you into my life today. I confess You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You for having mercy on me. Thank You for saving me today from sin, from destruction and from all works of Satan. I am now a child of God. Thank You Lord.
If you have prayed that prayer from the bottom of your heart, believing that God raised Jesus from the dead you are now a child of God. And now that you are saved there are few things you must do to grow in God.
1. You must read your bible and pray to God every day in the name of Jesus. The book Joshua 1:8 says not to let the word of God depart out of our mouth but to meditate on it always so that we may carefully do all God requires of us to be successful and prosperous 2. You must worship with other believers in a bible believing church or assembly. Hebrews 10:25 says ‘Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the day approaching.’- (NIV), and 3. As the opportunity comes on share the good news of this new life with someone and as they are willing lead them to Christ.
Enjoy your life in Christ now that you are a new creation in Him - 2 Corinthians 5:17.
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